Harpella forficella

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Harpella forficella
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Oecophoridae
Genus: Harpella
Species: H. forficella
Binomial name
Harpella forficella
(Scopoli, 1763)

Harpella forficella is a species of the concealer moth family (Oecophoridae), wherein it belongs to subfamily Oecophorinae. It is found in Europe.

The wingspan is 19–29 mm. The adults fly from June to September, depending on the location.

The caterpillars feed on dead wood and take two years to develop.[1] They have also been recorded to eat the sac fungus King Alfred's cake (Daldinia concentrica).


  1. ^ Albert Grabe (1942). "Eigenartige Geschmacksrichtungen bei Kleinschmetterlingsraupen" [Strange tastes among micromoth caterpillars] (PDF). Zeitschrift des Wiener Entomologen-Vereins (in German). 27: 105–109. 

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